Sunday, 29 July 2012

Studio 12 giveaway

Nikky (of Polka Doodles fame) has kindly or evenly madly agreed to a monthly giveaway over on the Studio 12 blog. All you have to do is follow the blog and then leave a comment on the giveaway post ... simple as that!

All the DT have joined in for the giveaway and I have tried something new for me .... a fully digital scrapbook page! Have to say that it was a steep learning curve for me and looking at the page now, there are things I would change but hey, it's all part of the learning process.


Studio 12 Picknix CD - "In the Garden"

This is a page showing my son Aaron allegedly showing his cousin how to work the digger .... uuummm, no cousin in sight mind you and he had great fun for ages. I wish I had added some journalling to the page now and maybe a shadow or too but for my 1st attempt, I'm reasonably happy. Sometimes we are our own worst critics!
 
Why not pop over to the blog and say "hi", join in the giveaway and who knows you could be the proud winner of some Polka Doodle or Studio 12 goodies.

I am entering my page in to the following challenges:

Wags & Whiskers - try a new technique (digital page)
C.R.A.F.T - use stitching

Well better go and finish tiying up as I am the one who has made all of it (for a change).

Lou
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Whilst tidying up

all my craft stuff yesterday, I came across some washi tape that I had carefully put away with the intention of using it ........that was ages ago!!! So I quickly made a card just to prove to myself (and my family) that I am not a "crafting hoarder" ..... uuummmm think I may have to admit defeat on the last statement.


Cuttlebug "Happy Birthday" embossing folder
Washi tape (not sure of manufacturer!)
Flower - Wild Orchard Crafts
Chipboard bits - Cosmo Cricket
Sentiment - Pink Petticoat
Ribbon from stash

As you can see a very quick card which helped me use up some of my card stash and little scraps. Loads more to still use up and I think I must become a little more ruthless with my hoarding obsession of these offcuts.

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Secret Crafter - bright and cheerful
Card Crafters Circle - clean & simple
Aud Sentiments - put sentiment on a tag
Fab'n'Funky - no stamped images
Divas by design - happy birthday

Well better go and get dressed as my pooch is sitting here with his head on my lap, giving me begging eyes, so I think he would like to go for his walk .....

Have a great Sunday,

Lou
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Friday, 27 July 2012

Summer has arrived

Well what an evening I had last night and that then carried in to this morning!!! Told by Picasa that my web album was FULL and I could not load any more photos to my blog. After much effort (faff really) went on to my Picasa album and was amazed (gobsmacked) as to how many photos were lurking on there. Gosh there were some dodgy ones and that includes the projects I had made. After a good "trip down memory lane", I began deleting photos and albums which took "f ...o...r...e...v...e...r". I keep records of "my makes" on an external hard drive, so deleting from my Picasa wasn't too great a hardship .... until I find glaring gaps in blog posts where photos once lurked!

The theme this week over at Polka Doodle Challenges is very fitting considering the long overdue, glorious weather we have been experiencing and I did something this week that I haven't done for an age .... dig my promarkers out and have a good colouring session! I have coloured one of the gorgeous Emma Canning digi images which can be found in the Polka Doodles shop HERE. I have used "Taylor Camping Day" as she gives off a real festival vibe and fits this weeks theme perfectly. The only problem I have had with my card is photographing it as I decided to use acetate as my front cover .... 4 days later I got an okay-ish set of photos ....



I created my background using elements from the "In the Garden" section of the Studio 12 Picknix CD and layered them up using Craft Artist. I know this is a bit of a cheat, but helped speed up the whole process. I have coloured Taylor with Promarkers and added a dash of orange ribbon to make her "pop" further and of course, some baby blue eyeshadow ...lol


The kite was made using off cuts and the sentiment I had already printed on to Safmat from previous PD projects. The only thing is that my kite string is to thick and wonky which kind of bugs me but it's to late now to change it. The "Babe" is made using Doodlebug alphabet stickers.

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Divas by design - "Happy Birthday"
My Mum's Craft Shop - Birthday girls
Twisted Tuesday - to include a tree and a tied knot!
The Pink Elephant - summer
Simon Says - anything goes

Well better get going as have loads to do today and it unfortunately, won't get done by itself!

Lou
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Friday, 13 July 2012

A very British "Red, white and blue" blog hop

Over at Polka Doodles this week, the challenge will be combined with a blog hop with a mouth watering selection of goodies Nikky is kindly giving away as prizes ... ever so generous is the "Nix-ster". To enter and be eligible for the prize(s) you will ....

1] Need to enter this weeks challenges
2] Start hopping at the Challenge Blog and then visit each of the DT involved in the blog hop
3] Leave a comment on each DT blog

The prizes are as follows:

Third Prize - Emma Canning Download

The theme this week is .....

"Red, White and Blue and what does Britain mean to you?"

Now you should arrived at my blog from Claire but if you have got a little distracted on your way round, just pop back to the  Challenge Blog where a full list of the blog order will be displayed.

For my card this week I  dived in to the  Not For Girls CD and I have used only 2 papers (Both printed A5 size) and 1 topper sheet from the Not For Girls CD from the boxing section. So for my card I only used 2 pieces of A4 paper .... very frugal ... lol. The gloves and sentiment have been glazed to add further dimension and the stars were cut using a sizzlets die.


Remember to leave a comment on this post and every other DT post to be in with a chance to win the prize but don't forget to enter the challenge too. The next place you need to hop to from here is to   Jan's blog.

Have a great time "hopping" around and I can't wait to visit you all to see how you have interpreted this weeks challenge.

Lou
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Monday, 9 July 2012

New goodies ....

I received this yummy parcel from Michelle at Mishelflo Creative Crafting .... a plethora of Cosmo Cricket goodies from the "Tea for Two" range. I had to cards to make for friends whose birthdays are today, so I ripped open the packets and got making.


 
Papers: Cosmo Cricket, Tea for Two
Chipboard stickers: Cosmo Cricket, Tea for Two
Tag:  Cosmo Cricket, Tea for Two
Ribbon and pearls from stash
Sentiment: Polka Doodles (printed on to Safmat)




This was such a quick card to make and as all the items co-ordinate, it was sooo easy to create. The chipboard flowers are so chunky but still pretty and I just accented them with a few faux pearl gems.

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Sketch Saturday - their sketch
Lexi Creations - for a friend
Cute Card Thursday - gardeners world


This card was also made for another friend who loves anything vintage and never stops drinking tea (!) so the chipboard embellishments from the kit were just perfect for her.

  





Papers: Cosmo Cricket, Tea for Two
Chipboard stickers: Cosmo Cricket, Tea for Two
Tag:  Cosmo Cricket, Tea for Two
Spellbinders Parisian Accent dies
Tea bag (!) and flowers from stash




I did originally layer the embellishments on the centre panel but felt that everything looked samey (!) so cut a panel using Spellbinders Parisian Accents die for a contrast and also to make the gorgeous tea items stand out.

I am entering this card in to the following challenges:

Retro Sketches - their sketch
Secret Crafter - use pastel shades
My Sheri Crafts - photo inspiration challenge
Lexi Creations - for a friend
Inspired by - photo inspiration

Well I better get off the computer and get making a few more props ready for the Class 5 and 6 production tomorrow .... eeek!

Lou
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Friday, 6 July 2012

Another bit of hybrid crafting

Yep, I have used another fabby cutting file to create my tag from the "All Sewn Up" section on the Picknix CD from Studio 12 at Polka Doodles. I imported the image into my CraftRobo software, resized it and then cut out the shape. Please note that this shape comes in a solid shape (as below) and is also split in to several pieces for layering.



I decided I wanted to get messy and play with my inks and mists which is exactly what I did. The manikin, papers and embellishments have all been inked, misted and embossed to give a more vintage theme.





I also printed lots of the elements on to Safmat which I then stuck on to card, distressed with inks & mists and as final touch, triple embossed.


The sentiment has been "cut up" to create separate words and then layered on to the tag. Loads of ribbon and a safety pin (!) and my tag was finished, Probably not as quick as just cutting and sticking but it was messy fun. Hopefully you get an idea that you can further alter your die cuts and printed papers to create the look you want .... go on, give it a try.

I am entering my tag in to the following challenges:

Sarah Hurley Challenge Blog - dimension and texture
Frilly & Funkie - texture
Simon Says Stamp - tags

Well gotta dash as I received several crafty bundles in the post to day and I need to play with them!!!

Lou
x

Monday, 2 July 2012

Gone all flowery

Well my garden is in bloom but with the expected winds and rain this week, I supect they will all be mullered before too long. This weather needs to stop as even though its rainy, it is still quite humid here and this makes the grass grow like it's on some super growth hormones!

Over on Michelflo Monthly Challenge blog, the theme this month is "Blooming Birthday Wishes" and this gave me the opportunity to use up loads of flowers that I have hoarded away in my flower embellishment drawer ..... yep, the drawer is HUGE and crammed full. Since I decided to have a "mid-year resolution" which is to either use up all my unloved stash or sell it or alternatively give to the school Craft Club, I decided this months challenge was the perfect place to start.

I made 3 different coloured tags all "Blooming" full of flowers and following the same design:

Dies: Marianne swirl and Nellie Snellen scalloped rectangles
Flowers: Wild Orchard
Butterfly: All that stamps
Ribbon: Pebbles Inc
Swirl stamp: unknown
Sentiment: Stampin Up


Dies: Marianne swirl and Nellie Snellen scalloped rectangles
Flowers: Wild Orchard
Butterfly: All that stamps
Ribbon: Ribbon Oasis
Swirl stamp: unknown
Sentiment: Stampin Up 
 
Dies: Marianne swirl and Nellie Snellen scalloped rectangles
Flowers: Wild Orchard
Butterfly: All that stamps
Ribbon: recycled from a present
Swirl stamp: unknown
Sentiment: Stampin Up 
Card Candy
 
Why not pop over to the challenge today and join in. The prizes are FAB ..... so much K&Co stuff it's unreal!

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Make It Monday - anything goes
Allsorts - in bloom
Crazy 4 Challenges - create a tag
Wild Orchard Challenge - punch it out

Write, off to do some "school work" and then am intending to sit down in front of the TV, do some blog surfing and cabbage matter watching,

Lou
x

Do you want some candy?

There is some delicious candy being given away over on the Studio 12 blog, so why not pop over and enter in all the fun and whilst there, have a good nose though all the DT projects.

As I am also new to digi layering, I thought I'd create layout ideas, print them off and then create the hybrid version .... were it as a card or a scrapbook page. This has really helped me get uset to all the features on the Serif programme and not waste too much ink printing off papers and embellishments I then do not use!

For my card, I have used elements are from the "All Sewn Up" section of Picknix and I have printed all the embellishments on to Safmat so that I could then layer them on to different materials, card etc. The large heart is an example of how versatile Safmat is as it has been layered on to some bleached hessian. The leather effect tag has been layered on to some leather for added dimension!


If you hadn't guessed, I am a big fan of Safmat and would recommend it to everyone. Safmat is a printable sheet which allows you to create your own rub ons. It is fantastic for creating your own sentiments and once rubbed down, gives the effect of stamping.



I've used the Safmat to create the lace border and sentiment banner too.

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

The Crafty Bloggers Network - anything goes
PanPastel - use a digi (have used a digi kit!)
Hybrid Chick - stitching

Well better get the tea on as I myself am STARVING!

Lou
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